[Challenges PremiuMares] The PremiuMares Challenges ranking at the end of GRANDPRIX CLASSIC Spring Break has been released

The first stage of the PremiuMares Challenges of Young Horses took place during GRANDPRIX CLASSIC Spring Break. These challenges aim to reward the young horses of 6 and 7 years old who have achieved the best performances at the end of GRANDPRIX CLASSIC Spring Break, Summer Tour and LONGINES DEAUVILLE CLASSIC (only for 7 years old horses). The points awarded to each horse are calculated according to the coefficient of each class: 1.5 for Friday and 2 for the Grand Prix.

Djin Tonic St Jean takes the lead in the 6-year-old ranking
Ridden by French rider Teddy Thellier, Djin Tonic St Jean (Rituel St Jean x Corland) performed well throughout the weekend: not a single fence down for the young Bay in the three Young Horses CSIs on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. By finishing third on the podium twice on Friday and Saturday’s Grand Prix, Teddy Thellier scored 337.5 points for the Challenge. He thus places his mare at the head of the podium at the end of GRANDPRIX CLASSIC Spring Break. At the second place in this provisional ranking there is Amar des Brimbelles Z. The chestnut  ridden by Severin Sigaud finished in fifth place in Saturday’s Grand Prix. 270 points were therefore accumulated by Severin Sigaud. Finally, in third place in the PremiuMares Challenge for 6 years old at the end of GRANDPRIX CLASSIC Spring Break, it was Dirka de Blondel, ridden by Faustine Laffererie, who distinguished herself this weekend. Her sixth place on Friday and fifth place on Saturday earned her a total of 258.8 points.

On the 7-year-old side, Aristotle from Toultia Z has the best performances
Richard Breul is at the top of the provisional ranking of the 7-year-old Challenge with Aristotle from Toultia Z (Arko x Eros Platiere). Arriving in fifth place on Friday and with a strong third place on Sunday’s Grand Prix podium, Richard scored 322.5 points at the end of GRANDPRIX CLASSIC Spring Break. Not far behind, Missy Vd Vosberg is second in this provisional ranking with 277.5 points. Ridden by Edouard le Boux, the young horse performed very well this weekend, winning the CSI YH Grand Prix for 7 years old. Finally, with 270 points, Confidence d’Ass, daughter of Diamant de Semilly, presented by Teddy Thellier, took third place in this provisional 7 years old PremiuMares Challenge.

See you in July at GRANDPRIX CLASSIC Summer Tour to know more about these PremiuMares Challenges for Young Horses! There will be another opportunity for the 7 years old to stand out with the LONGINES DEAUVILLE CLASSIC in August.

[RESULTS – CSI 2*] Olivier Perreau wins the Grand Prix Egide of the CSI 2* to close GRANDPRIX CLASSIC Spring Break

Olivier Perreau, who had caused such a sensation in mid-March at the Saut Hermès in Paris, has just won the Grand Prix 2* by Egide, at the end of the GRANDPRIX Classic Spring Break 2019 edition. Riding his faithful Dolce Deceuninck, the rider has toasted the priority of young Raphaël Goehrs, in the saddle over the well known Radieuse de Landey, and David Jobertie, associated with Un Diamant d’Azif.

Launched at 2:30 pm, the 2* Grand Prix of the second and last week of the 2019 edition of the GRANDPRIX Classic Spring Break in Fontainebleau delivered some great sport this afternoon. Under a sunshine fortunately back for this last day of competition, Olivier Perreau has once again made a name for himself by brilliantly taking over the class, sponsored by Egide. Two months after its resounding victory in a 1.60m class at the Saut Hermès in Paris, and its triumph in the Gorla Minore 4* Grand Prix at the beginning of April, the rider continued its harvest of this early outdoor season. At the helm of Dolce Deceuninck, his faithful ten-year-old daughter from Toulon, the winner completed a perfect barrage in 36″50! Super review for Olivier Perreau, whose participation in GRANDPRIX Classic was used as preparation for the CSI 4* in Bourg-en-Bresse, which will take place in two weeks, and the CSIO 3* in Lisbon next month.

Olivier Perreau has thus burned the priority to Raphaël Goehrs, who is well on his way to winning. The young rider from the Eurojump teams, leaning on his amazing and excellent Radieuse de Landey, passed the finish cell three tenths of a second late. The couple, who had signed an impeccable first set, seems to be progressing well. David Jobertie took third place on the podium with Un Diamant d’Azif, a French Saddle son of the famous Diamant de Semilly, who shone so brightly on this equestrian arena in Fontainebleau. The pair signed a nice clear-round in 37″69, allowing them to beat Alix Ragot and Coco Rico, who already won the major event on Friday afternoon.

If there is one performance to be noted today, it is also that of the course designer Cédric Longis, who has done a tremendous amount of construction work! As proof, out of the 69 starters, 13 went off the arena without any penalty. Also, the clock was tremendously well adjusted, eight riders having paid the price, including Guillaume Batillat with Classic Addiction, Maelle Martin on Kosmo van hof Ter Boone, or the complete Stanislas de Zuchowicz Cne and Valco de Riverland.


[CSIYH by PremiuMares] The results of the future elites in the CSIYH at GRANDPRIX CLASSIC Spring Break

For this second week at GRANDPRIX CLASSIC Spring Break, many international classes took place at the Grand Parquet of Fontainebleau with a CSI 2*, a CSI 1* and in particular the Young Horses classes. The final of the CSIYH 6 y.o. took place yesterday on the Carrière du Puits Cormier and today, it is the Carrière des Princes which received the CSIYH 7 y.o. The future elites of equestrian sport have therefore expressed themselves in technical Grand Prix classes, offering a beautiful show.

Faustine Laferrerie wins within 6 years
Presenting Daisy d’Authuit (Cardero*Champs Elysees Boismar x l’Arc de Triomphe*Bois Margot), Faustine Laferrie took the victory in the 6 y.o. final at GRANDPRIX CLASSIC Spring Break on the Carrière du Puits Cormier. With a fast stopwatch, she made a beautiful without penalties run in the jump-off, putting her in first place. She thus leads Alexis Deroubaix with Delice du Plessis who is satisfied with a nice second place. Teddy Thellier also performed well this weekend as he finished third in both the Grand Prix and the 6 y.o. class on Friday with Djin Tonic St Jean.

Edouard Le Boux wins the 7 y.o. CSIYH 
On the 7 y.o. side, the final was played today on the Carrière des Princes. Out of the 21 couples competing on the jump-off, Edouard Le Boux was the fastest with Missy Vd Vosberg. The combination of speed and no penalties allows him to take the first step of the podium. Stéphane Dufour is just behind in second place with Carlotta de Champloue. Third place went to Richard Breul who also performed well with Aristotle from Toultia Z in the CSIYH 7y.o.

The performances of these couples allow them to win points for the PremiuMares Young Horse Challenges and perhaps hope to win the magnificent trip to Greece!


[RESULTS – CSI 2*] Rainy but happy victory for Alix Ragot in the Prix Cheval Liberté CSI 2* 1,40m

After the Young Horses classes, the Terrain d’Honneur also hosted the CSI 2* qualifying Grand Prix side at 1.45m this afternoon. Only nine riders out of the seventy-nine at the start took a place in the jump-off.

Under inclement weather conditions, Alix Ragot won the class with his faithful Coco Rico, signing a new clear round with a very fast stopwatch. He is closely followed by Warrant Officer Donatien Shauly who has a magnificent performance with Srinter from Dorset “Mili”, proving his excellent skills in both completions and CSI. Ivan Dalton wears proudly colours of Ireland by climbing to third place with Lord Bi after a jump-off without penalty and thus closing the podium of this CSI 2* presented by Cheval Liberté.

To find the complete program, go here.
Find all the events live on GRANDPRIX.TV and all the course videos on the platform or directly at the GRANDPRIX.TV stand near the Carrière des Princes.

[CSIYH by PremiuMares] First points awarded for the Young Horses PremiuMares Challenges

This morning at GRANDPRIX CLASSIC Spring Break, the Terrain d’Honneur welcomed the CSIYH 6 years old and CSIYH 7 years old presented by PremiuMares. These classes permit to collect the very first points for the PremiuMares Challenges. Rewarding the best Young Horse of 6 and 7 years old at the end of GRANDPRIX CLASSIC Spring Break, Summer Tour and LONGINES DEAUVILLE CLASSIC (only for 7 years old), PremiuMares will give the winning riders a trip to a splendid villa in Greece.


Drievandekamp D Pages takes the lead in the 6 years old ranking
CSIOYH 6 y.o. opened this morning the PremiuMares Challenge, so the horses ranked in this class received the first points. Drievandekamp D Pages (Goldfever x Fidelio du Thot*HN) ridden by Thibault Lacrevaz won the CSIYH. He thus takes the lead in the ranking with 150 points. Nine One One d’Hulsterlo ridden by Raphael Goehrs is in second place with 142.5 points and finally Djinn Tonic St Jean ridden by Teddy Thellier collects 135 points when he reaches third place.

Camille d’Ange in first place in the 7-year-old ranking

As for the 7-year-olds in the CSIYH, Camille d’Ange (Helios de La Cour II x Qredo de Paulstra) ridden by Nicolas Deseuzes took control of the PremiuMares Challenge ranking, being awarded 150 points following his victory in the class. Come Back d’Authuit presented by Axel van Colen took second place in the class, collecting 142.5 points. Finally, it is Cyrius de Caudard ridden by Edouard Mathe who climbs to third place and thus wins 135 points.

See you tomorrow to find out the rest of the PremiuMares Challenges. Each day, the total points of each Young Horse will be added to its previous scores.

[RESULTS – CSI 1*] Vanessa Martinez wins the Prix CWD in the CSI 1*

Today on the Carrière des Princes, GRANDPRIX CLASSIC Spring Break hosted the CSI 1* side at 1.35m and presented by CWD. Vanessa Martinez took the victory with her faithful Ria Brulaire. With almost 3 seconds advantage, she was ahead of Marc Dilasser who still inherited a good second place with Belle du Tyl. Olivier Guillon with Bleue Deloin is ranked third and closes this podium of the CSI 1* qualifying Grand Prix.

To find the complete program, go here.

Find all the classes live on GRANDPRIX.TV and all the videos on the platform or directly at the GRANDPRIX.TV stand near the Carrière des Princes.

[CHALLENGEPREMIUMARES] Frédéric Lagrange looks back on his victory at the 7-years-old PremiuMares Challenge in 2018

The second edition of the PremiuMares Young Horses Challenges starts tomorrow at GRANDPRIX CLASSIC Spring Break! As a reminder, the PremiuMares challenges are back this year at GRANDPRIX CLASSIC Spring Break, GRANDPRIX CLASSIC Summer Tour and LONGINES DEAUVILLE CLASSIC. All the Young Horses classes allow the riders to collect valuable points: at the end, a 4 to 5 days trip for the winner of the 6 years old and for the winner of the 7 years old in a splendid villa in Greece. Last year, Bergamo de l’Yserand, daughter of Diamant de Semilly, distinguished herself throughout the 7-years-old Challenge, allowing her rider Frederic Lagrange to take the lead in the ranking, and win the trip to Greece offered by PremiuMares.


GRANDPRIX: What do you think of the PremiuMares Challenge?

Frédéric Lagrange: “I would like to thank PremiuMares very much for this challenge. It is a great way to reward the horse’s regularity throughout the season. My mare has always performed well in every competition and this victory was a real reward. »

GP. : How was the last step of the Challenge at LONGINES DEAUVILLE CLASSIC?

F.L. : “The last step at the LONGINES DEAUVILLE CLASSIC was played neck and neck with Alexis Deroubaix. During all the steps of the Challenge, I really didn’t think I would win until the last minute! There was a lot of suspense. Alexis Deroubaix came out with 4 points from the Grand Prix and that’s what allowed me to take the lead in the ranking. It was a real surprise when I was told that my mare had won, I didn’t expect it. »

GP. : Did you have time to go on this wonderful journey?

F.L.: “I haven’t had the opportunity to leave yet, but I have met Milena Pappas [founder of PremiuMares] on several occasions during competitions and she has given me a taste of this beautiful surprise that awaits me! I look forward to enjoying it. »

GP. : Will we have the opportunity to meet you again for the second edition of the PremiuMares Challenge this year?

F.L.: “I don’t have any young horses to train this year and so I would unfortunately not be part of the Challenge for this edition. I would still be present at GRANDPRIX CLASSIS Spring Break and LONGINES DEAUVILLE CLASSIC with about twenty horses. I hope to come back soon with new young horses and why not win again this very beautiful gift! »


GRANDPRIX CLASSIC Spring Break continues for a second weekend of competition at the Grand Parquet of Fontainebleau. For those who have not yet been informed of the schedule, a CSI 2*, a CSI 1*, a CSI Young Horses and a CSI Amateurs will be held from 9 to 12 May. To make sure you don’t miss anything, go to GRANDPRIX.TV!

GRANDPRIX CLASSIC Spring Break starts tomorrow with the Young Horses classes presented by PremiuMares on the Carrière des Princes. They will then take place on the Terrain d’Honneur on Friday and Saturday. This weekend, the Terrain d’Honneur and the Petit Parquet will host the CSI 2*. Among the highlights of this weekend not to be missed: the CSI 2* qualifying classes on the Terrain d’Honneur on Friday and Saturday in the late afternoon and all the Grands Prix of the CSI 2* and CSI 1* on the Terrain d’Honneur and the Carrière des Princes on Sunday.

Find all the classes live from tomorrow on GRANDPRIX.TV.

[OFFICIALPARTNER] “The three main qualities of a future winner? Health, braveness and intelligence”, Milena Pappas

After last year’s success, PremiuMares challenges are back for a second edition at GRANDPRIX CLASSIC Spring Break, GRANDPRIX CLASSIC Summer Tour and LONGINES DEAUVILLE CLASSIC. How does it work? All the Young Horses classes offer the opportunity to accumulate points in order to allow the two winning riders to win a 4 to 5 day trip to Greece offered by PremiuMares! Milena Pappas, founder of PremiuMares, agreed to answer some questions about the breeding.


GRANDPRIX: Can you tell us a little more about the history of PremiuMares ? How do you start this company and why ?

Milena Pappas: “Founded about 4 years ago, PremiuMares, as the name implies, is dedicated to breeding show jumpers of excellence. We search for mares of supreme geneological backgrounds and mares with already established successful careers in the highest level. Modern showjumping has become very demanding, especially at the top level. PremiuMares seeks to breed horses that can successfully cope with these demands at the sports’ highest level. This is no easy task and is undeniably a big risk; both, concerning the breeding part, but equally so, in the proper upbringing and producing of any young horse. Having said that, seeing a horse eventually succeed in the sport and make his rider happy, is the greatest reward and makes it all worthwhile. PremiuMares has a very strict policy regarding the health of its sport horses, youngsters and broodmares. We xray all the broodmares and young mares before we decide to reproduce them, in order to avoid any and all genetical predispositions. Great care and attention are paid in our breeding, to ensure the best possible result in our foals.
Horse riding is more than a passion, it is a way of life. To be able to truly understand the nature of the sport, one has to be part of all facets of it. And it all starts from the breeding part! PremiuMares is born out of passion for quality, and this is what we strive to achieve and give to our clients. We follow the sport closely and ask ourselves daily “What we would ask from the best competition horse?”, and that is precisely what we seek to attain with our breeding!”

GP: How do you do to make the perfect young horse ? What are the best qualities a young horse should have ?
M.P.: “At PremiuMares, we believe that it all starts with the right choice of mare! The dam and the direct dam-line are acclaimed to be responsible for up to 70% of the genetic package of the foal. From thereon, you have to find the right stallion to pair with the mare, both concerning the horses’ anatomy, as well as their character compatibility. A strong healthy body, well proportioned, with a brave character and smart mind, are instrumental. And whilst one can enhance the chances for a healthy and fit foal, there is more one can do to help with the shaping of the temperament! Keeping the foals and youngsters in herds helps both their overall developmental. The foals learn to build character by interacting with each other, asserting themselves, they learn to depend on themselves and ‘fight’ for what they want. Furthermore, the playful interaction in the fields is decisive for the development of bones, tendons and the general physiological growth. We closely observe our foals, and most mares are inseminated at 3years of age, unless they are not ready. Having a foal has been proven to be beneficial for the build of a mare. After having a foal, the mares are slowly introduced to the sport. It’s important not to start training and riding a young horse too early in his development, as it can cause physical damage. We opt for a long and healthy career for our horses, and so we prefer to take our time and respond to each horse’s individual needs! If we were to name the top three qualities of a future winner, these would be: health, braveness and intelligence! Health will give you a long lasting career as well as stamina. Braveness will bring the horse to reach its full potential. And intelligence is what makes for a winner!”

GP: How do you select the mares and stallions you choose ?
M.P.: “It is very important to know each mare’s individual unique characteristics. This is pivotal and at the core of horse breeding. Physiology of the mare will determine what stallion is best chosen to complement the mare. A smaller sized mare for example, would be better paired with a bigger sized stallion. One should always look at everything though, from the size of a horse, to the hooves’ shape, to the body conformation! The second thing, is character. A very sensitive mare might be more matching with a stallion that is more cold blooded. For our company, we choose mares based on their genealogical tree. This means mares that have either already bred successful showjumpers, and/or mares that have in their bloodline showjumpers that have reached the highest level. We also select to breed mares that have jumped at the top sport themselves successfully. We pay extreme attention to the mares’ health, taking care not to breed any mares with potential genetical predispositions. Good health is our number one priority.”

GP: Where your young horses grow up ? How your breeding works, and can you tell us more about your team ?

M.P.: “Our breeding mares are primarily based in Holland. With an annual breeding rate of about 5-10 foals. All fillies are kept and all colts are sold either through auctions or private sales. This is why we have chosen to be close to our clients. Our program keeps all the fillies, in order to continue the breeding line, for at least one birth, before either selling or introducing the mares into the sport. The young mares are then sent mostly to Italy, where we have a dedicated team of professionals who break in the young horses. From there on, we have our more ‘seasoned’ youngsters in Switzerland with Pius Schwizer and more recently in Germany as well. Good breeding by itself cannot guarantee the success of a good horse. This depends on more contributing factors, like the caretakers, the grooms, the vets, the farriers and of course the rider; indeed a big team of professionals. Our team of experts is composed by professionals of similar ideology and work ethic; all of who help maintain the high standards of our company.””

GP: How do you manage to work, ride and manage your company at the same time ?
M.P.:“Life is all about balance. But it is also about following your passions! I am blessed with a work that I consider a way of life. Just like horses are! So inherently, when you love what you do, you find the way! I travel a lot for both, so I try to combine (when possible) the two. It is not rare that I have a flight out to China or Japan, and on the way back I stop in Italy or Belgium or France for a competition! I also try to combine the two by participating in competitions at cities where I can also organize work meetings. One example of this is Antwerp and LGCT Monaco! Otherwise, between courses I work on my Ipad and during flights I catch up either on work or on the riding world! When there is a will, there is a way, as they say! It’s not easy, but it’s definitely worth it!”

GP: What is the best show you ever have been ?
M.P.: “Nowadays, the shows are becoming all the more impressive in every way! The competitions have become much more than a competition. I am not sure one single show can be picked. Rather, there are many, each distinct for its’ own part. LGCT St.Tropez, formerly known as the Athina Onassis Horse Show, is uniquely positioned in the Plague de Pampelonne. With an exquisite VIP, at an incredible location, it is much more than just a show – it is an experience! LGCT Rome is another example. Taking place in the historical Stadio dei Marmi, the ambience of this venue paired with an incredible atmosphere, some of the best horses and riders of the world, in the ancient city of Rome, this
competition is indeed breathtaking. We, as PremiuMares, are very proud to be sponsoring big part of both these events. Salzburg Indoor competition is another example. This extraordinary competition has it all when it comes to horses – CD5, CSI4, vaulting, cross country, CSI2 – truly almost everything one would like to see takes place in this competition, with an incredible audience and a fantastic organizer putting on a great show every year, and shops to meet every desire!”

GP: Can you tell us more about the Challenge PremiuMares ? It’s the second time, so were you pleased with the first edition and why ?
M.P.: “PremiuMares is proud to be sponsoring  for a second year a newfound series of young horses competition. There are not many young horses series, and the idea in combination with Grand Prix, was indeed very appealing to us! PremiuMares Challenges, help young horses gain experience in different arenas, in two incredible locations that are Fontainebleau and Deauville, whilst also promoting the future stars of our sport. Young horses are the future of the sport. They represent and reflect where modern showjumping is heading and what it will look like in the near future!”

GP: Can you tell us about the best horses you have at the moment ?
M.P.: “We are very proud of all our horses, but if we had to name a few then we are certainly very excited to own the superstar mare, About a Dream. She is a KWPN mare, born 2009 out of Clinton and out of an Indoctro dam. She is currently competing in the CSI5* with huge success, under Switzerland’s Pius Schwizer. What is more, About a Dream was awarded the prestigious prize of one of the most successful horses in Switzerland for 2018. Pius, also rides our talented mare Cima di Castella B Z (Zanghersheide mare by Come d’Api) with top placings for 2018 at the 7 year old classes.
We still own Constance (2007 KWPN mare by Indoctro x Animo) who had huge success under Jessica Mendoza, being placed up to 1.60 GP competitions. Unfortunately, the mare suffered an injury and is now in the breeding program. Regarding our younger lot, we own, the young super talented mare
Toulanda degli Assi (2014 Toulon x Nabab de Reve) which is the granddaughter of the dam of Glock’s London (CSI5* 1.60m with Gerco Shröder, NED) and Golden Hawk (CSI5* 1.60m with Shane Breen, IRL).
We are very happy to own Nuit de Reves PM (2018 Tangelo vd Zuuthoeve x Lancelot) who is the half sister of Alfa Jordan Z (CSI5* 1.60m with Max Kühner, AUT), out of the same dam but out of the famous sire, Tangelo vd Zuuthoeve. We have the filly of the full sister of Dejavu ( CSI5* 1.60m with
Bassem Mohammed, QAT), Leestone Cannon Breaker (2014 Kannan x Heartbreaker). Last but certainly not least, one of our top broodmares is Itousche vd Vosberg (2008 Kashmir van Schutterschoff x Clinton) which is the granddaughter of Reed Kessler’s 2012 Olympic partner, Cylana. Itousche is half sister to approved stallion Jugano vd Vosberg, she is full sister to former GP mare of Abdel Said, Gigi vd Daalhof and full sister to 5* GP mare owned by Stephex, called Hoepala vd Daalhof. The above are just to name a few!”

GP: How do you see the company going forward ?
M.P.: “The company is based on two philosophies: first of all, it is a very selective program of mares that are unique in their reproductive abilities and/or their proven abilities in the sport. In that sense, we do not simple have mares with good papers, but we have mares of top pedigrees and of supreme lines. And we aim to reproduce and then bring them into the sport, under the very best of care. This brings us to the second philosophy: mindfulness! We strive to produce modern show jumpers that will have both the abilities required in the ever more demanding sport, but also will have a long lasting career. To achieve this, you need good health and a natural upbringing whereby, our riders and the whole team, take their time and ‘listen’ to each horse’s individual needs. Horses are athletes, and we need to
remember that! Therefore, we aim to stay smaller in numbers but strong in the quality of showjumpers we breed and produce! The ultimate goal being of course, the breeding of the best quality competition horses for the highest level and for every level of rider!”


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[RESULTS – CSIOY] The victory for Clément Gras in the Grand Prix CWD CSIOY!

Yesterday, French national anthem rang on the Terrain d’Honneur for the last class of this first week of GRANDPRIX CLASSIC Spring Break. The Grand Prix (145cm) was pretty difficult. Clément Gras was the only clear-round of the class, et took the gold, without jump-off, of the Grand Prix CSIO Young Riders CWD with Volga d’Altenbach with flying colors. For Danemark, Emil Hallundbaek did a nice clear-round wih only a few seconds out of the time, and took the second place. The Spanish rider Jose Gomez Barba and Frappant finished third of this Grand Prix CWD CSIOY.

Schedule available ici.